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I have a bit of experience, in my daycare we would study nature in the safety of out backyard. It was an old home converted into a pre-school //daycare. The children really enjoyed nature in playing with dirt, collecting leaves, and other
"treasures" as they would call them... Anything they dug from underneath the ground. This would be during outside play time. I never encoiuntered any problems with management other than time to clean up to go back inside. They could never get enough of it! We still followed a plan. They understood transitions to put things away until tomorrow. They also understood that if there was anything they didn't get to finish they could finish the next day. Things were just stacked on a shelf undisturbed for display. I am conserned about dangerous insects too. They know to ask or show teacher when they found one. Children do need the experience of nature but safety is always first..City daycares have got to find a way to bring in nature. The logistics of city doesn't lend itself to that.